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Hall County is now officially a “WaterFirst” community, prioritizing the preservation and upkeep of its precious water resources – a move that not only benefits the community from a health standpoint, but also a financial one.
A WaterFirst committee came to Hall County in March, getting to see first-hand the ways that Hall County prioritizes, protects and manages its water resources. The committee awarded Hall County its lucrative WaterFirst designation to the Board of Commissioners Thursday evening.
The honor not only reflects the hard work of everyone involved in Hall County’s water resources, but the designation also allows Hall County to get a 1-percent interest reduction on loans from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).
“We’re very excited about this designation. Here in Hall County water is a top priority, and being responsible stewards of our precious water resources is just one of the many reasons that Hall County is such a desirable destination to live, work and visit,” said Ken Rearden, Hall County Public Works Director.
Hall County also receives a statewide recognition of environmental stewardship, eligibility for water-related project applications to the Community Development Block Grant Program through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and priority status in the 319 Grant Program through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
WaterFirst communities can apply for re-certification every five years.